Tim Cook has been named one of the top 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune. The 53-year-old Apple CEO is positioned at number 33 on the list, and the only American tech CEO above him is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at number 10.
Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with mostly quiet aplomb. In 2½ years he has kept the parade of winning new products marching (the Retina display, new operating systems, the iPhone 5), and he is bringing in Burberry’s savior, Angela Ahrendts, to run Apple’s retail stores. That’s thinking different.
Profits during Cook’s leadership at Apple have never been higher, but his management has come under fire recently in the controversial book Haunted Empire by former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Kane. Cook issued a comment on the book a couple of days ago saying it is “nonsense” that “fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company.”